Tech Titans Among World Powers
Forbes' list of the World's Most Powerful People has no surprises at the tippy-top, where large-country leaders like Obama, Hu, and Putin are clustered. But starting with number five, just after Ben Bernanke, come Google founders Page and Brin; Bill Gates is ahead of the Pope. The profusion of tech and telecom power-bases on the idiosyncratic 67-name list reflects IT's growing role in the broader culture. See also: Tech Stars in New Roles.